Jumbunna 11th February 2021


A Message from Ken and Lisa

Preschool Official Opening


The Preschool was officially opened yesterday by the Minister for Early Childhood, Ingrid Stitt and the member for Carrum, Sonya Kilkenny, with a little help from some of our Pre-schoolers and our School Captains. The occasion was attended by former staff members, committee members and School council members, past and present, and dignitaries from the Department. Everyone was greatly impressed by the facility and, of course, how well our students performed!

Kiss and Go

A reminder that we have two allocated Kiss and Go zones surrounding the school. One at Cirrus Street beside the school garden and the other is located on Coast Banksia Drive near the junior playground. It has come to our attention that there have been unattended cars parked in these zones during drop off and pick up times. When parking in the Kiss and Go between 8-9:30am and 2:30-4:00pm on school days, drivers must remain with their vehicle and only be parked in this area for a maximum of 2 minutes. Please refer to the flyer attached to this newsletter for further information regarding the Kiss and Go rules.


Please be aware that there is only very limited legal parking in Josef Lane. I have been advised by neighbours that people are parking in front of people’s garages and/or illegally on the yellow line opposite in the lane and leaving the cars.

I am aware that photos have been taken of people parking illegally and that the photos will be sent to council if this practice continues.


Personal accident Insurance and Personal Property

Please be aware that the Department does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents/carers of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs. Parents/carers can purchase insurance policies from commercial insurers.

Please also be aware that the Department does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property. Please refer to our Personal Property Policy for further information regarding personal property.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Great news! The 2nd hand uniform shop will be commencing on Monday 1st March in the library (front of hall ) and will be open the first Monday of each month thereon from 3:30 – 4:00pm.

Annual privacy reminder

Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy.

Please take time to remind yourself of the school’s collection statement, found on our website or by clicking here.

For more information about privacy, refer to: Schools’ Privacy Policy — information for parents

Early collection of students at Lunchtime

Due to the building works being carried out at the school, our speaker system does not reach the school oval. For this reason, we ask that if you have to pick up your child at lunchtime, you do so between 1:30pm -1:40pm so that your child can hear the announcement.

Student Wellbeing

At Bonbeach Primary School, we follow a Positive Behaviour for Learning, whole school approach to student welfare and discipline. We encourage all families to familiarise themselves with our school Positive Behaviour for Learning Handbook and Student Handbook (updated for 2021). These can be found by clicking on the links below or on our school website.

Positive Behaviour for Learning Handbook

2021 Student Handbook

Helping your child become the best student they can be

by Michael Grose

The new school year is full of excitement and possibility for students and parents. Regardless of how a child or young person has previously performed, this year offers a chance to set a new course.

While it’s tempting as a parent to make the attainment of good academic results the main priority, this is a narrow view that may be incompatible with long-term success. It’s wiser to broaden your view and focus on helping your child or young person become the best student they can be. Here’s how.

Encourage learning

The rapidly changing world and workforce that your child will enter requires that they have a willingness to continually learn and adapt. The concept of a lifelong learner, previously lauded by educators with an eye to the future, has now become a reality. Learning and continual improvement should be embedded in each child’s psyche so that school life is just a starting point to a lifetime of learning, growth and development. Help your child see themselves as successful learners who achieve results through hard work and application, and that nothing is beyond them if they apply themselves.

Promote leadership

Leadership is required in all walks of life including at school, at work, in families and in the wider community. Help your child see themselves as a leader by focusing on personal leadership capacities such as planning ahead, communicating clearly, being accountable for their behaviour, developing emotional awareness and fostering good relationships with siblings and peers. Personal leadership development provides a strong foundation for the development of leadership skills in more public forums in later life.

Applaud independence

The school years are critical for the development of independence, which can easily be closed down by the roadblocks of impatience, overindulgence, fear and lack of time. Alternatively, independence is promoted when we show patience, provide opportunity, display confidence and teach students how.

Embed wellbeing

If there is one difference that modern schooling is making to the next generation it’s in the leadership they have shown in recent years to the maintenance of mental health and wellbeing practises. Parents can support their child’s long term wellbeing by embedding wellbeing habits including healthy eating, exercise, sleep, relaxation techniques, regular time in nature, gratitude and mindfulness.

Teach socialisation

If you want your child to be liked by others, it’s essential to spend time and effort developing the skills and attitudes needed to succeed. Develop in them an awareness of how their behaviour impacts on others, instil manners and community-mindedness and develop a broad range of friendship skills that will assist them to relate well to others.

Foster resilience

2020 showed us life is unpredictable, full of ups and downs, straight balls and curve balls. It’s the unpredictability, the downs and the curve balls that develop kids’ resilience. How parents and teachers react to the hardships, frustrations and difficulties kids face either hamper or foster resilience. Spoil, overprotect or pamper and growth opportunities are wasted. Support, encourage and teach kids to cope and you’ll be helping them develop a real sense of psychological hardiness and resilience that’s essential for long term happiness and success.

Make this year a memorable one by helping your child grow and develop into the best student they can be. Keep the focus broad and do all you can to ensure that your child sees themselves as a confident and continuous learner.


Ken and Lisa


Dates to remember

Term 1 2021

Sun 14/2          Farmers' Market Yr 3/4
Wed 17/2         District Swimming
Wed 17/2         Prep Entry Assessments - no Preps at school
Wed 24/2         Prep Entry Assessments - no Preps at school
Mon 1/3           School Photos
Wed 3/3           Prep Entry Assessments - no Preps at school
Sun 14/3          Farmers' Market Yr 1/2
Fri 19/3            Inter-school sport lightning premiership
Thur 1/4           Last day of Term 1 - students dismissed at 2:30pm
Sun 11/4          Farmers' Market Prep

Term 2 2021

Mon 19/4         Term 2 begins at 9am
Tues 20/4         Grade 5/6 Camp
Wed 21/4         Grade 5/6 Camp
Thurs 22/4       Grade 5/6 Camp
Fri 23/4           Grade 5/6 Camp
Mon 26/4         ANZAC Day Holiday
Tues 4/5          District Cross Country
Sun 9/5           Farmers' Market Yr 5/6
Fri 21/5           Curriculum Day - student free day
Mon 7/6           Grade 1/2 Swimming Lessons
Tues 8/6          Grade 1/2 Swimming Lessons
Wed 9/6           Grade 1/2 Swimming Lessons
Thurs 10/6       Grade 1/2 Swimming Lessons
Fri 11/6           Grade 1/2 Swimming Lessons
Mon 14/6         Grade 1/2 Swimming Lessons
Tues 15/6         Grade 1/2 Swimming Lessons
Wed 16/6         Grade 1/2 Swimming Lessons
Thurs 17/6       Grade 1/2 Swimming Lessons
Sun 13/6          Farmers' Market Yr 3/4
Fri 25/6            Last day of Term 2 - students dismissed 2:30pm
Sun 11/7          Farmers' Market Yr 1/2

Term 3 2021

Sun 8/8          Farmers' Market Yr Prep
Fri 3/9             District Athletics
Sun 12/9         Farmers' Market Year 5/6

Term 4 2021

Sun 10/10       Farmers' Market  Pre-School
14/11             Farmers' Marke   TBC
12/12             Farmers' Market  TBC

A Message from the PE Department

                     Bonbeach Primary School Swim Team 2021


Congratulations to all the students in Years three to six who participated in the swimming trials at Toby Haenen Swim Centre last week. We had 43 students try out on the day. A big thank you to Ms Roolker and the parents who helped judge and enter results on the day.     

The team of 25 has now been finalised, and will compete at the District Swimming Sports on Wednesday 17th of February.

Consent and Payment have gone out on Compass this week to students who made the team.

Congratulations to all that tried out and good luck to the following students at District:

Bella Granger            Owen Harraway           Lydia Fish

Leo Granger               Griffin Drinan               Talitha Fish            

Isabelle Atkins          Charlotte Shannon      Frank Blake

Saraya Lang               Kailani Adamson         Lachlan Cahir  

Caitlyn Elding            Ella Macdonald            Mia Carpenter

Ben Dodson                Tamika Doorey            Harper Bierman     

Liam Harvey               Summer Jardine          Chelsea Willis

Judd Harvey                Lucas Lengenburg      Leo Wang        Rowan Shead


-Mr Mac.

Student of the Week

PDJ       Emma C
PKM      Hayden M
PMW     Amelia D

JBT        Audrey G
JKB        Grace J
JKM       Will R
JST         Annika L    
JTC        Ethan J

MBJ       Isla R-C
MCF       Harper B 

MEI       Mia R
MFR       Harrison S
MSM      Eleanor J 

SJH        Owen P
SNM       Calee A
SPA        Asha B

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